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Aug 25, 2013

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Fukushima: Cosmic rays and radioactive bluefin tuna
More than two years after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, news are not good. At all.

Let start with this article by Jeremy Hsu, on LiveScience: Cosmic Rays May Reveal Damage to Fukushima’s Nuclear Reactors. Radiation is still leaking from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant after the 2011 tsunami-related meltdown in Japan, making any damage assessment dangerous for both humans and machines. Instead, high-energy particles created by cosmic rays striking the Earth’s atmosphere could provide an X-ray-style image of the damage from a much safer distance. And this article by Ann Werner: Radioactive Bluefin Tuna Caught Off California Coast. Every bluefin tuna tested in the waters off California has shown to be contaminated with radiation that originated in Fukushima. Every single one. Told you, news are not good at all…




Aug 25, 2013

Health

Spread the word about Malaria and the plant that could save lives
Malaria is one of the leading poverty-related diseases and causes of death in children under five years old

The Lantana camara plant grows in much of sub-Saharan Africa and is a natural mosquito repellant. Concern Worldwide has partnered with other organizations to develop a research team that planted Lantana around 231 houses, then measured the number of mosquitoes inside people’s homes. Those houses with Lantana had 56% fewer of the most common malaria-carrying mosquitoes in Africa, and 50% fewer mosquitoes of any kind. I’ve watched and will share Concern Worldwide’s video on fighting malaria. I will help bring awareness to the gravity of malaria and how Concern is using natural resources to lower the cases of infection in countries where people live in extreme poverty and health care is scarce. Take the pledge on TakePart!




Aug 9, 2013

Health
Science

Particle accelerators: making life better since 1932
Particle accelerators improve medical treatments: Lung Cancer Cell

Article by Stephanie Swift on SciLogs.




Oct 20, 2012

Health

Smart Sports Bra can detect breast cancer
Each year, 1 000 000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer

October 2012 is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and National Mammography Day was yesterday. Needless to say this article published on Mashable last week is of high interest although a bit geeky. According to the article: First Warning Systems‘ Breast Tissue Screening Bra is like a continuous monitoring system for breast cancer that could be more effective than mammograms. CNET reports that a sensor in the bra measures cell temperature changes associated with blood vessel growth that feeds tumors. Pattern recognition software then processes this data and helps to identify changes that could signal a developing tumor. In clinical trials with 650 women, the smart bra has been able to detect the presence of tumors 6 years before traditional imaging systems can. It also showed a 92.1% level of accuracy at correctly classifying them, which is much higher than routine mammograms (70%). Sounds great, isn’t it? First Warning Systems plans…Read more




Oct 14, 2011

Health

When will you die? Ask your Telomeres!

We will all die, eventually and some people wish they knew ‘when‘… The answer may come soon: ‘A small Spanish biological research company was deluged with queries after reports that its blood test could predict the age you would die’, says an article published by The Guardian. Giles Tremlett, who wrote the article, explains: ‘The test is based on the idea that biological ageing grinds at your telomeres. And, although time ticks by uniformly, our bodies age at different rates. Genes, environment and our own personal habits all play a part in that process. A peek at your telomeres is an indicator of how you are doing […] The test is available, as of this month, via doctors in Spain and Portugal and there are plans to make it easier to carry out in the UK and the US as soon as possible…‘ But telomeres also play a role in…Read more







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